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... of assuming this film was going to be something like Blazing Saddles
on 30 July 2016
I made the mistake of assuming this film was going to be something like Blazing Saddles, however in the end I found its unexpected drama and tragedy much more effective than the comedy which was not to my taste though there were some amusing moments. LBM is an eclectic mish-mash that does well to capture the zeitgeist of not only the Old West but also 70s America when it was made, deconstructing many of the myths and tropes concerning the period. Although rough around the edges it is a very humanistic film balancing pessimism with optimism but overall I found it to be unbalanced in terms of tonal consistency, with certain comic scenes coming off awkward in contrast to the sudden shift in tone. The standout performance for me was Old Lodge Skins who is both wise and funny (being played by an actual Native American in a time when almost all important roles went to Whites), he is what made this film worth watching.